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THUMBS UP! Enthusiastic Senator Seward Greets Celebratory Parade On His Rebound


Enthusiastic Senator Seward Greets

Cavalcade Celebrating His Rebound

In front of his North Main Street home, State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, gives a thumbs up at 2 p.m. today to a parade organized by fellow members of the Milford Methodist Church to celebrate his return from Albany Medical Center and his continuing recuperation at home.  Wife Cindy, inset, joined him in waving to their friends and supporters.  Suffering from coronavirus, the senator rebounded from an induced coma and being on a ventilator to return home last Monday.  Lola Rathbone, who organized the parade, said she decided on an auto cavalcade because it would ensure social distancing was maintain. Milford Mayor Brian Pokorny was organizing a walk-by parade on Sunday, but delayed it to a later date due to the same concern.  (Jim Kevlin/

Cindy Seward En Route To Bring Husband Home

Cindy Seward En Route

To Bring Husband Home

Senator Jim and Cindy Seward.

MILFORD – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, may be back in his Milford home by today’s end.

His wife, Cindy, posted this afternoon on the Milford Community Facebook page: “I am on my way to pick Jim up!! And he does not require oxygen!!”

The senator came down with the coranavirus in late March and has been in Albany Medical Center for the past two weeks, the last week recuperating from treatment on a ventilator in the hospital’s ICU unit.

Senator ‘Slightly Improved,’ But ‘Next Few Days Crucial’


Senator ‘Slightly Improved,’

But ‘Next Few Days Crucial’

Senator Jim and Cindy Seward.

MILFORD – “The next few days are crucial” for state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, who has “slightly improved” since being placed in a medically induced coma Thursday morning at Albany Medical Center, his wife Cindy told the Milford community in a Facebook post this afternoon.

She said the briefing was prompted by “all of our friends in our Milford community who have reached out with care, concern, and love, (about) my husband’s and my status.”


A Charming Couple, Shocking News – And A Warning To All


A Charming Couple, Shocking

News – And A Warning To All

Otsego County’s first couple, Sen. Jim and Cindy Seward, are shown at a recent event.

That Otsego County’s first couple, state Sen. Jim and Cindy Seward, contracted coronavirus is a wake-up call for the rest of us.

If it can happen to them, it can happen to any one of us.

By the nature of their public roles, the Sewards inevitably come into contact with a wide range of people, one,
it turns out, who was carrying COVID-19.

It’s the rare Otsego County person who hasn’t run into the Sewards over the years, so what’s happened to them makes the disease feel very personal.

Yes, we knew it in our heads we could get it; now we know it in the gut.

So, pay attention. Follow the recommendations: Stay 6 feet apart, wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, shelter yourself and your loved ones to the degree you can.

Meanwhile, the Sewards can be assured of everyone’s sympathy and best wishes.

Let’s look forward to a time – not tomorrow, but in the near-term – when this scourge passes, and we can return to our pleasant way of life generally, including enjoying the Sewards, returned to good health.

Cheering OUT & Swearing IN

Cheering OUT & Swearing IN!


At Oneonta’s First Night, Greg Lee and other members of his Cosmic Karma Fire troupe, left, spin flames for  onlookers outside Foothills’ Atrium.  At right, the Elite Dance Company’s Dejalei Champen and Emily Kane hoist Lillian Stalter up in the air.

The state senator’s wife, Cindy, holds the Bible for the 17th time as James L. Seward, R-Milford, surrounded by his family took the oath of office from County Judge Brian Burns, right, Tuesday, Jan. 1, in the Foothills Atrium.  Others from left, are son Ryan and his wife, Kelly Ann; daughter Lauren, and granddaughters Vivian and Nora


With his namesake father by his side, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. takes the oath from county Judge John Lambert, who was also sworn in for a second 10-year term.


County Coroner David Delker, the Edmeston funeral director, kisses wife Karen after being sworn in for the first time.


Otsego county’s new assemblyman, John Salka, R-Brookfield, recites the pledge.


Assemblyman Chris Tague, who represents the county’s four easternmost towns, acknowledges applause.



Rod Roberts, above, swings Cuca, his wife of 36 years, around the dance floor to “What a Wonderful World.”  At right, tiger-faced Leah Puylara and Owen Meade, and his Aunt Lisa Foster, all from Milford, pause for a souvenir photo.


Mentalist Wows Crowd At Taste Of Foothills

Mentalist Wows Crowd

At Taste Of Foothills

No peeking! Above, Mentalist Craig Karges, with coins taped to his eyes with a blindfold on top, was able to correctly guess that Cindy Seward, right, Milford, was holding a cell phone charger without seeing or touching it. They were joined on stage by Jim Kevlin, left, Cooperstown, who arranges cups to hide a dangerous spike for a second trick. Earlier in the evening, diners enjoyed the finest food selections from area eateries. At right, Ivan Miritello, Oneonta, serves up some salad from Elena’s Michael Catering, one of the many food selections from area eateries during this evening’s  Taste Of Foothills banquet. (Ian Austin/


Senator Jim Seward Sworn In For 16th Term

Senator Seward Sworn In

For 16th Term In Albany

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, was sworn for his 16th term as in the state Senate by state Supreme Court Judge Michael V. Coccoma this afternoon at Foothills in Oneonta.  He represents and 51st District.  Holding the Bible is the senator’s wife, Cindy.  Randy Mowers was also sworn in for his first term to the Oneonta Town Board.  (Ian Austin/
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